We are two guys in our 50s who like to ski and are looking for a new spot to try. We really like Seven Springs as it has good expert slopes and the terrain park/half-pipe, but we want to find something similar but different.
We live in Northern Virginia and are looking for suggestions for a place to try. We would like to stay within a 4 hour driving limit and plan to spend 2 days in the lodge (so hopefully it is close to slopes and reasonably priced).
Are you talking about midweek or weekends? Wintergreen Highlands are fun midweek with no lift lines. High speed detachable six pack, about 1000' vertical, no intermediates/beginners in that section at all. Terrain park looks impressive but I have no idea what park rats think of the features.
I live in central NC. Decided a while back after exploring the options that Massanutten gives me the most time on the slopes for weekend skiing within a 4 hour drive of Raleigh. The big terrain park is has a separate J-bar and pretty big features. They just hosted a 3-college competition. There are only 3 black runs, 2 have 850 vertical and the other is short but has big bumps when snow conditions are right. Lift 6 never has a lift line, even on holiday weekends. Overall vertical is almost 1100'. 2.5-3.0 hours from DC depending on which side of DC you start from.
The bonus at Mnut for anyone over 50 who wants to improve their skiing is the Senior Clinic on Thu and Sun afternoons. 2 hours for $30. I've had two privates this season with Level 2 or Level 3 instructors. The regular instructor is a very experience Level 3. Headed back this Sunday for one more clinic.
For expert terrain, Blue Knob certainly has plenty for a couple days of fun. Slopeside housing tends to be for more than 2 people. There are condos that have a shuttle up to the ski lodge. It's an upside down ski area. Had a grand time at the DCSki BK Gathering a couple weekends ago.